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May 10, 1902

TO THE MEDICAL PROFESSION OF THE UNITED STATES

JAMA. 1902;XXXVIII(19):1232. doi:10.1001/jama.1902.02480190038002

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Abstract

The necessity for a thorough organization of the medical profession was never more urgent than at the present moment, nor has the appreciation of this necessity ever been more keenly felt than at this time.

The American Medical Association, which will hold its fifty-third annual session at Saratoga on June 10, 1902, being the only national representative association of the medical profession in the United States, is entitled to and claims the earnest support of every medical practitioner who has at heart the highest and best interests of the profession. An organized profession represented in this great central bodv with affiliated and influential state and territorial associations extending through their subdivisions into all the districts or counties, is the only real guarantee of the protection of the public health and of the medical profession. The enactment and enforcement of rigid medical laws; the establishment of reciprocity or interstate comity by

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